Thursday, 23 August 2012

Gor vs Mathare United Preview

If someone is to go by stats, then today’s game against Mathare United would be a draw. The past five league games between K’ogalo and the chokoras have produced 5 consecutive draws. You have to go back to the return leg of the 2009 for a positive result for either team, when Mathare beat Gor 2-1 with Zablon “Pro” Otieno being on the scoresheet for K’ogalo. Earlier that season, Duncan Owiti “Macheda” had made his sensational debut bagging a double as Gor ran riot over Mathare, winning 3-1. It was the last time Gor beat Mathare United in a league game. Gor of course beat Mathare 2-0 last year in a Top 8 cup but can Gor break the 6 game winless streak against the chokoras today? 

In the last 5 seasons, Gor are averaging a point a game against Mathare, with the record reading played 9, won 1, lost 2 and drawn 6. This is the most number of draws against a single team for K’ogalo in the past 5 seasons. Only Karuturi and Sofapaka come close with 5 apiece. During this period Gor has shipped 9 goals past Mathare but has also let in 9.

Going into this game, Kevin Omondi will have an opportunity to become the second K’ogalo player to score for the club in the league in 3 consecutive seasons having scored 4 times in 2010 and 4 times in 2011. Only Dan Makori managed this between 2010 and 2012. Rama Salim will have the opportunity to get into double figures while Sserunkuma, if he scores once, will have tied last season’s top scorer with 4 goals, illustrating why we could not win the league last season. 

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